Han's Modern Guest House Makeover
My homegirl Han bought a house with her heartmate in Highland Park two years ago. She snatched it at the perfect time because Highland Park is definitely happening and real estate has soured in just a short amount of time. Her home features a guest house in the back which she wanted to turn into a studio or rental. After two years of settling in, she's finally ready to give it a complete makeover. She asked me for some help with the layout design which is one of my favorite things to do. I also included some colors she might be interested in working with. We both gravitate towards yellow so we were sold on a putting a yellow sofa in. It was a fun collaboration as I gave her styling tips from New Orleans and she pretty much ran wild with it.
Han's guest house is small as you can see below. It's narrow so it was definitely a challenge to bring in all three — lounging, dining, and sleeping — areas into one space. Here's a the layout I created and we stayed true to the plan.
When they bought the house, it had this offensive carpeting so they ripped it out and added wood laminate flooring.
We added some wood shelving above the stove for storage and also to create a nice vignette in that blank space. We chose a round dining table as they work best in small spaces. It could also function as a desk.
We repurposed Han's headboard by wrapping it with a jungalicious blanket we found from Target.
The tripod lamp might be one of my favorite piece from Target. It's so affordable and versatile!
Han installed custom bamboo blinds for all the windows, especially one for above the bed. It looks like it once housed an AC unit and then got patched up with a border around it. It's just odd so we covered it up to create an illusion of a larger window.
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Design + Photography by Dabito
Styled by Han Le